EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton expressed support from the EU in releasing Ukrainian nationals in Libya and Syria, Ukraine's foreign minister Leonid Kozhara told reporters after a meeting with Mrs. Ashton in Brussels on Wednesday, UKRINFORM news agency reports.

"There was a separate talk on the situation with 23 Ukrainians imprisoned in Libya. I gave Mrs. Ashton formal request from the Ukrainian side, and she promised to help, on behalf of the European Union, in the release of the people," Kozhara noted.

The minister also said that during the meeting with the EU High Representative, the parties discussed a situation around Ukrainian citizen Anhar Kochneva, who is held in Syria by an armed group. "And we were also promised support on this issue," Kozhara said.

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